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Published September 8, 2006

Man sought in teen's shooting

Police on Thursday said they were looking for a 22-year-old man in the abduction and shooting this week of a 16-year-old boy.

Police said they obtained an arrest warrant for Darrius M. Kilpatrick, who frequents the High Point area near Largo and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is 6 foot 1, weighs 215 pounds and may have recently shaved off his dreadlocks, police said. Kilpatrick is wanted on charges of attempted murder and kidnapping, Pinellas Park police said.

Meanwhile, the white pickup thought to have been used in the crime was found partly burned Thursday morning.

Steven Stencel, 16, of St. Petersburg was at a Pinellas Park hotel Tuesday night when he was forced into a pickup and driven to Clearwater, where he was shot five times: twice in the abdomen, twice in the leg and once in the ankle, said Pinellas Park police Capt. Sanfield Forseth.

On Thursday morning, a white 2002 Dodge Ram pickup was found at 1680 Tilley Ave. in Largo, said Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor. He said a detailed examination of the truck will be conducted by a forensics specialist. The owners of the stolen truck had yet to be contacted, Shelor said.

Stencel was recovering at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Forseth said.

Anyone with information about Kilpatrick's whereabouts or the shooting is asked to call Pinellas Park police Detective Michael Lynch at 541-0797 or 541-0758, or Clearwater police at (727) 562-4242.

Strippers, clubs must be licensed

TAMPA - In a 7-0 vote, with no discussion, Hillsborough County commissioners passed an ordinance Thursday that requires sexually oriented businesses and their employees to obtain licenses, and imposes other new regulations.

The county estimated the changes will affect about 14 adult businesses employing at least 900 workers in unincorporated Hillsborough County.

David Caton, executive director of the conservative Florida Family Association, celebrated the vote after having fought for the changes for three years. But First Amendment lawyer Luke Lirot's law firm, which represents the affected businesses, said the firm planned to seek an injunction and ask a judge to determine the constitutionality of the regulations. "Legally, I think we have the courts on our side," said Noel Flasterstein , an attorney with Lirot's firm.

In addition to the licenses, the new ordinance says:

* Strippers must perform in a room that's at least 1,000 square feet.

* Adult theaters in adult bookstores have to be lit to a specific level of brightness.

* Private viewing rooms have to be visible from a central operating station.

* At bikini bars, scantily clad employees cannot touch customers in establishments that sell alcohol.

The annual license will cost $850 for businesses and $150 for employees.

[Last modified September 8, 2006, 08:39:32]

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